Color Suggestions for Ombre

A few weeks ago we published on a blog on How to Create an Ombre. An ombre is a color effect that gradually goes from one color to another color. If you’re interested in creating an ombre effect but aren’t sure which colors to use, read on! We have eight¬†color combination suggestions for you, plus more ideas on creating your own effects.

Color Families

The easiest way to do an ombre is to arrange colors from dark to light within a color family, such as pink or green. Here are some suggestions within color families for you to use.

All of the suggested colors are in Red Heart Super Saver. You can choose similar colors in other yarns for a similar effect.

All colors listed left to right.

Pink: 774 Light Raspberry, 706 Perfect pink, 373 Petal Pink, 724 Baby Pink

E300 pinks for ombre

Teal/Turquoise: 656 Real Teal, 3862 Jade, 512 Turqua, 505 Aruba Sea

E300 teals for ombre

Purple: 776 Dark Orchid, 528 Medium Purple, 530 Orchid, 579 Pale Plum

E300 purples for ombre

Green: 389 Hunter Green, 406 Medium Thyme, 624 Tea Leaf, 668 Honeydew

E300 greens for ombre

Brown: 365 Coffee, 360 Cafe Latte, 336 Warm Brown, 334 Buff

E300 browns for ombre

Yellow: 324 Bright Yellow, 320 Cornmeal, 235 Lemon, 322 Pale Yellow

E300 yellows for ombre

Orange: 726 Coral, 256 Carrot, 254 Pumpkin, 3251 Flame

E300 oranges for ombre

Blue: 387 Soft Navy, 385 Royal, 886 Blue, 885 Delft, 381 Light Blue

E300 blues for ombre

Color Effects

With a little thought, you can make fun changes from the basic color families. For example, you can combine color families. Using the brown and green color suggestions in the same project would make it seem like camouflage.

E300 browns and greens for ombre

Or see how projects look if you do a dark, medium, light, medium, dark order and compare it to a dark, medium, light, dark, medium, light order.

E300 pinks version A for ombre

E300 pinks version B for ombre

Feel free to experiment! What is your favorite type of ombre?

Pattern Suggestions

Here are a couple of ombre patterns to get you started!

Radiating Ripple Throw

LW4810 Radiating Ripple Throw


Glowing Embers Basket

LW4265 Glowing Embers Basket



8 thoughts on “Color Suggestions for Ombre

  1. Kim

    Interesting color combos. I’d personally prefer a more gradual color change.

    • Kristin Moran

      Did you read the previous article, linked at the top of this one? It talks about multi- stranding to get more subtle color changes.

  2. Lynne E Baltzer

    thank you for suggesting colors for that work together. I looked at my local stores that carry red heart and neither Joann nor Walmart had all the colors needed. now I can buy some locally and know what to order on line.

    Could you suggest four colors that would make a good burgundy or red scheme?


  3. Barbara Harris

    I am looking for a yellow ombre all in one skein, for use along with other colors in a crochet project. I can’t find an acrylic 4 ply yellow ombre skein by any yarn brand, including Red Heart. Please, someone, help me find my many shades of light to dark yellow all in one skein somewhere. It can include white. Thanks.

    • Jennifer B

      There’s a worsted weight 100 percent cotton yellow ombre out there, it’s either peaches and cream or sugar and cream brand

    • AnnaMae Bullock

      Hello Barbara,

      I, too, have looked unsuccessfully for a yellow ombre acrylic yarn for a project. You might try Etsy, they have a lot of custom yarn dyers who sell usually under $20/skein.

      However I think I’m going to try my hand at dip-dying one myself using lemonade flavored Kool-Aid (I saw it on a blog someplace). These look so yummy!

  4. Tracy S Vickers

    Hmmm… I thought these are examples of gradient yarn sets and that ombre is a single yarn that is dyed in multiple colours. I learn something new every day.

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